Industry Trend Analysis - Autos Investment Round-Up: Brexit Effects Not Visible, Electrification Takes Shape - MAR 2017

BMI View: In Q416, both UK vehicle and component producers showed a willingness to continue investing in the face of trade uncertainty. In Germany, the pace of electric vehicle manufacturing is ramping up as practical aspects of Volkswagen and Daimler's electrification strategy are announced. France is also gaining from a strengthening supply chain, something that it has not been known for previously.

In BMI's regular round-up of production investments, we track the latest projects from the production side of the industry and analyse trends that we see developing on a regional basis. In doing so, we hope to build a picture of any potential hubs that may be developing, as well as company strategy in terms of production bases and export programmes.

In our Q416 round-up, we have identified a minimum of USD1.5bn worth of investment projects either announced or inaugurated in the Western Europe region. However, it is important to note that investment values for a number of high profile projects identified over the October to December period in 2016 were not made public so total investment is underrepresented in our USD1.5bn figure.

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